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  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

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Event Details

Date

Jan 12 - Apr 19, 2016

Host

Cornell Small Farms Program, Northeast Beginning Farmers Project

www.nebeginningfarmers.org


Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Online Courses

January 12 - April 19, 2016

Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Online Courses

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education.

Winter 2016 Online Course List
BF 102: Markets and Profits - Exploring the Feasibility of Your Farming Ideas, Jan 14 - Feb 28

BF 120: Veggie Farming - From Planning to Planting, Jan 13 - Feb 17.
This course will help new or aspiring vegetable producers to answer basic questions about site selection, crop rotation, seeding and transplants, and financial aspects of veggie production. Topics including variety selection, pre-plant preparation, and cultivation will be covered. Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Darcy Telenko is an instructor. Don't miss BF 121, the continuation of this course, which takes you through the remainder of the growing season into harvest, post-harvest handling, and marketing.

This course is for serious aspiring farmers planning farm start-up within the next year, or those with 1-3 growing seasons of vegetable farming experience. Because the pest complex, production systems and appropriate varieties vary so much from region to region, this course targets farmers in the Northeastern United States. Farmers outside the region are welcome to register, but should do so knowing that some of the information presented may not be appropriate for their region.

At the end of this course, you will:
  • Understand the characteristics of a viable site for commercial vegetable crop production and how to alter that site if necessary.
  • Understand the importance of cover-cropping, IPM, and proper pre-plant preparation.
  • Be able to develop a basic whole farm plan, which will help you keep records, manage time more effectively, and price products.
  • Have a good understanding of the full season of tasks involved in vegetable farming - from pre-plant to post-harvest considerations.
  • Know where to go to find reliable, fact based resource material on topics related to vegetable farming.

BF 140: Small-scale Organic Grain Production - Is it Right for Your Farm?, Jan 19 - Feb 23

BF 151: Intro to Maple Syrup Production, Jan 12 - Feb 16

BF 201: Effective Marketing - Sell Smarter, Not Harder
, Jan 11 - Feb 21

BF 203: Holistic Financial Planning - Building Profit into the Picture, Jan 20 - Feb 24

BF 231: Grazing Management - Improving Your Triple Bottom Line, Jan 14 - Feb 18

BF 121: Veggie Farming - From Season-Long Care to Market, Feb 24 - Mar 23. 
This course will take you from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility; integrated pest management including pest ID and control; weed control options; harvesting strategies; and tips for marketing your products. Be prepared to create an in-season fertility and pest/weed control plan as part of this course. Weekly homework will focus on preparing you to make good decisions in the coming growing season. CVP Specialist Darcy Telenko is an instructor.

This course is for serious aspiring farmers or those with at least one growing season of vegetable farming experience. You should already have a basic understanding of how to select crops, manage bed prep, seeding, and transplanting. This course is focused specifically on production systems used in the Northeast, so is targeted to people farming in that region.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Make good decisions about fertility management for your specific crops;
  • Understand options available for weed, pest, and disease control;
  • Be able to identify problem weeds, pests and diseases on your farm; and
  • Learn successful harvesting and marketing strategies.

BF 150: Farm-Scale Mushroom Production - For Fun and Profit, Feb 23 - March 29

BF 202: Planning to Stay in Business - Writing Your Business Plan, Feb 4 - March 10 

BF 103: Taking Care of Business - Understanding the Business, Regulatory, and Tax Implications of Your Farm, Mar 7 - Apr 11

BF 220: Season Extension with High Tunnels - Know Before You Grow, Mar 22 - Apr 19. 
Adding weeks to either end of your growing season can mean attaining a premium for having products available well before (or long after) other local growers. But the structures that make this possible-unheated plastic-covered "high tunnels" or "hoophouses"-can cost a lot of money, and they bring special management considerations that need to be understood in order to be profitable additions to your farm. Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Judson Reid is an instructor.

This course is meant for farmers who already have some experience successfully growing vegetables outdoors and are exploring high tunnels as a way to expand the season or improve plant quality. Information will be focused on using high tunnels in colder climates (US Climate Zones 4-6), but can be adapted to other growing regions.

By the end of this course growers will have the knowledge to do the following:
  • Complete a basic site assessment and know when to bring in experts to discuss site limitations
  • Make decisions to improve or maintain their soil health and fertility in the tunnel
  • Select an appropriate high tunnel structure for their site, climate, and production needs
  • Select and grow appropriate cold and/or warm season crops for the tunnel
  • Employ pest control and trouble-shooting strategies for high tunnels
  • Decide if high tunnels make economic, environmental, and social sense on the farm

Each course is $200, but up to 4 people from the same farm may participate without paying extra. See the course description page for more on the course learning objectives, instructors, and outline.

Courses often fill very quickly, so don't miss your chance to sign up today! Visit the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project website for more information.




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Lettuce / Leafy Greens

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Onions

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Peppers

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Pumpkins / Gourds

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Radishes

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Rhubarb

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Rutabaga

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Upcoming Events

NYS Processing Vegetable Industry Roundtable Meeting

March 18, 2024
Batavia, NY

Processing vegetable industry members who grow, manage, or support crop production for Farm Fresh First/Nortera Foods, Seneca Foods and/or Love Beets, are encouraged to sign-up for the 2024 NYS Processing Vegetable Industry Roundtable! You will:

  • Network at this in-person meeting.
  • Learn the results of industry-funded research.
  • Have a voice in Cornell research and Extension.
  • Earn 3.25 DEC pesticide applicator recertification credits
  • Earn Certified Crop Advisor Credits

Oswego Muck Onion Growers Pre-Season Meeting: Stop the Rot, Nematodes and SLB Fungicide Resistance

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 20, 2024
Phoenix, NY

Christy Hoepting and Frank Hay will get growers ready for the season with updates on managing Stemphylium Leaf Blight fungicide resistance, progress made towards understanding and managing bacterial bulb rot of onion, and results of the 2023 nematode survey and research project. 2.5 DEC recertification credits will be offered in categories 1A, 10 and 23.

2024 NYS Dry Bean Meeting and Cutting Event

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 22, 2024
Geneva, NY

The NYS Dry Bean Meeting will be paired with the annual Dry Bean Cutting Event again this year! The morning meeting will include presentations on the latest dry bean research in New York, with topics including market updates, white mold management, western bean cutworm management, dry bean variety testing, and incorporating NY dry beans into schools. 1.5 DEC credits will be available in categories 10, 1a, 21, 23. CCA credits will be available too.

The Dry Bean Cutting will follow the meeting and showcase the canned dry beans from the 2023 Dry Bean Variety Trial. 

Announcements

Management Practices for High Organic Matter Soils

We are exploring management practices for vegetable farmers with high organic matter soils. These soils are usually found in urban growing areas as urban farmers typically grow in imported soil mixtures that have been constructed over time and in high tunnels where leaching events are limited. In both cases, we see that soil pH and calcium levels can increase due to alkaline irrigation water and with grower inputs such as high levels of compost and/or fertilizer. We commonly see limited plant nutrient uptake due to high soil pH. We have produced four "Management Practices for Urban Soil Health" case studies sharing project updates in our urban cover crop, pH adjustment, and bulk density adjustment work. In each case study, we are looking at the effect of the management practice on soil and crop health. 

Management Practices for Urban Soil Health: Cover Cropping
Management Practices for Urban Soil Health: pH Adjustment
Management Practices for Urban Soil Health: pH Adjustment in NYC
Management Practices for Urban Soil Health: Correcting Nutrient Test Results for Soils with High Organic Matter

2023 Year in Review and 2024 Preview

As the Cornell Vegetable Program reflects on 2023, we want to thank you for your partnership and continued support of our team and the work we do to address issues impacting the commercial vegetable industry in the western and central portion of NYS. Our 2023 Year in Review and 2024 Preview report highlights of some of the many research and outreach programs led by our team members over the last year plus a look ahead to some of our plans for 2024.
  • Use of Ground Barriers as a New Strategy for Swede Midge in Brassicas for Small Organic and Urban Farms
  • Cornell Vegetable Program Responds to Late Blight in 2023
  • Working Groups Help to Improve the Western NY Food System
  • Field Trials Completed to Test Lasers as a Bird Deterrent in Sweet Corn
  • Increased Monitoring of Western Bean Cutworm in Dry Beans
  • Sweet Potato Varieties Suitable for Western NY Production?